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Multi-Function Fluid Measurement System using High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0033
Agency Tracking Number: 181313
Amount: $748,536.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T13
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-09
Small Business Information
301 1st Street Southwest, Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011-1921
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Boulanger
 Mechanical Engineer/PI
 (540) 557-5889
Business Contact
 Lisa Powell
Phone: (434) 483-4246
Research Institution
 Edison Welding Institute
1250 Arthur E Adams Drive
Columbus, OH 43221-3585
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Propulsion systems require rigorous and highly instrumented testing to enable a comprehensive analysis of performance and to minimize risks associated with space flight. Current testing instrumentation methods can be replaced with embedded sensor systems that are used for monitoring remote, hazardous, or inaccessible locations, while reducing cabling and power consumption. The additional information from the embedded sensor system will enable improved analysis techniques that will accelerate propulsion system developments. Luna proposes to develop a multi-function, drop in, sensor capable of simultaneously measuring temperature, heat flux, strain, and pressure in metal piping using embedded distributed fiber optic sensors. During Phase II, Luna will develop the prototype sensor for rocket engine test facility applications. The sensor system will be highly flexible for a variety of extreme conditions (e.g. cryogenic) intended for remote or inaccessible locations. This approach will minimize the cabling associated with multiple independent sensors such as thermocouples and pressure transducers, as well as increase safety benefits inherent in utilizing intrinsically safe fiber optic sensors in the presence of fuel systems.

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